Cruise Line Profiles: Crystal Cruises

Here is an understatement: there are a lot of cruise lines out there. For the uninitiated, picking which company to go with for a cruise can be an overwhelming, confusing process. The best way to go about choosing one is to break it down by the factors that matter most. For your booking convenience, read on to figure out the details about Crystal Cruises and to see if it’s the right line to give you the trip you deserve!

Fleet

The Crystal fleet currently is composed of ten ships that are sorted into four groups. Serenity and Symphony are the two ocean ships and offer an incredibly wide variety of trips, with the Serenity being mainly American cruises and the Symphony including many in Europe. The river ships are Bach, Debussy, Mahler, Mozart and Ravel (pick your favorite composer!). They offer trips on the Rhine, Moselle, Main and Danube rivers. They also offer one yacht, the Esprit, and an expedition ship, the Endeavor.

Price

Long story short: it depends. For the ocean ships, trips start as cheap as $1350 for 5 nights from Guam to Manila. Prices increase the more nights and more stops you add, and climbs up above $50,000 for trips like the extravagant 111 day trip from Los Angeles to Rome, which does sound pretty awesome in our opinion. There are so many options (over 300, actually) for the ocean ships that it’s hard to offer a price point, and you would be better served browsing their site if you’re curious. For the river ships, there are again over 300 options, though the cheapest offered is $2699. The yacht is, in general, a step up in price, but offers a lot of good options between $4000 and $10,000, with some of course being more. The Endeavor is the most expensive, with prices beginning at $9549 and only going up.

Reputation

Crystal has a very good reputation among cruise enthusiasts. One of the points that it is known for is the high ratio of crew members to passengers, giving it more of a luxury, exclusive feeling. It’s also been noted that the crews on the ocean ships are incredibly friendly and offers great customer service. Many websites rank it among the best luxury cruise lines. Crystal has a reputation as being more formal than some other cruise lines, with some trips having a dress code that doesn’t include flip flops and board shorts.

To sum it up: Crystal Cruises offers excellent luxury cruises, though the price point usually follows with the quality. Luckily, there are bountiful trip options to choose from, meaning that it may be possible to find a trip that works with a smaller budget. Your best bet to see if Crystal is a good choice for you would be to check out their website and look at all the different trips that are available. C

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Here is an understatement: there are a lot of cruise lines out there. For the uninitiated, picking which company to go with for a cruise can be an overwhelming, confusing process. The best way to go about choosing one is to break it down by the factors that matter most. For your booking convenience, read on to figure out the details about Crystal Cruises and to see if it's the right line to give you the trip you deserve!
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